Javaad Alipoor is an artist, director, writer and activist who regularly makes theatre with and for communities that don’t usually engage in the arts. He is a Scotsman Fringe First and Columbia University Digital Storytelling Award winner. In 2017 his play, The Believers Are But Brothers, opened at Transform Festival in Leeds before transferring for a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it received a Scotsman Fringe First Award. The production then ran at London's Bush Theatre before its world tour.
Last year, Alipoor directed the stage adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for Sheffield Theatres, to mark the end of his three-year tenure as Associate Director at The Crucible Theatre.
His previous stage work includes Orgreave: An English Civil War, about the Miners’ Strike and the Arab Spring and My Brother’s Country, about murdered Iranian pop icon Fereydoun Farrokhzad.
This summer, Alipoor will direct the second part of a trilogy, continuing many of the themes explored in The Believers Are But Brothers such as the crisis of masculinity, the role internet and the rise of youth disengaged across the globe; this new production will open in Edinburgh in August 2019.
Javaad Alipoor is Artistic Director of Northern Lines, resident of The Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, a collaborator of The National Theatre’s Immersive Story Studio, a member of Arts Council England’s Northern Council, and was a founding trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future.